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Alcohol Dangers

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Alcoholism is a disease that causes people to drink alcohol beverages compulsively. Persons who are always bothered with this urge to drink are called alcoholics.

Alcohol has a clear effect on a person's motor abilities. Medically classified as a depressant drug, alcohol slows the abilities of the brain. Reactions are slower after several drinks.

The best way to avoid problems associated with alcohol is not to drink at all. One of the most effective ways to save lives and prevent injuries associated with drinking and driving is to educate drivers as well as passengers.

Most DWI/DUI Laws are based on:

Blood-Alcohol Concentration (BAC)-the amount of alcohol in the blood expressed as a percentage. BAC is measured by a breath, blood or urine test.

Driving behavior before being stopped, .08% and above presumed intoxicated.

BAC and The Law:

How much does BAC increase with each drink? It depends on the person's gender, body weight and the amount of alcohol consumed. As well as how fast the person drinks, his or her mood, and the amount of food in the person's stomach may also affect the response.

For Example: A 150lb. male/120lb. female who has 2 beers would have a BAC of about .04% (male) .06%(female) After 3 beers, the BAC would be about .06% (male) .09% (female) 

A 12-ounce bottle of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, and a 1.5-ounces of hard liquor all contain the same amount of alcohol and have the same effects on the body and mind.

On average, it takes 2 to 3 hours for a single drink to leave the body's system. Nothing can speed up this process, including drinking coffee, taking a cold shower, or walking. Only time will sober a person up!

Once an alcoholic decides to seek treatment physicians first care for the patient's physical needs. Alcoholic's may experience nervous symptoms when the alcohol leaves the body with these extreme cases physicians prescribe sedatives to calm the patient.